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Questions tagged [nuclear-energy]

the energy released during nuclear fission or fusion, especially when used to generate electricity.

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Does one kg of rock contain more energy in the form of U-238 than one kg of petroleum? [closed]

Let's consider rock and petroleum. Which contains more energy per kilogram? Due to Einstein, we know mass is energy, and the energy contents of both are equivalent. However, let's forget this and ...
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Does nuclear power cause fewer deaths than other forms of electricity production, accidents included?

There have been several questions related to nuclear power in comparison to other forms of electricity production: Are there fewer accidental deaths at nuclear power plants than others? Do coal ...
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Do solar panels create 300 times more toxic waste per unit of energy than nuclear-power plants?

From Slashdot: A new study by Environmental Progress warns that toxic waste from used solar panels now poses a global environmental threat. The Berkeley-based group found that solar panels create ...
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Does radiation sensitivity decrease with age? [closed]

Just after 3:23 in this TED Radio Hour segment, featured guest Holly Morris makes the claim that "the older you are, the less detrimental the effects of radiation is." The context is in why ...
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Did the wind power industry produce more radioactive waste than nuclear power plants?

I was doing some extra research on the question: Did wind power supply less than half a percent of global energy in 2014? The question was based on an article that claimed: But out of sight and out ...
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Has Brilliant Light Power developed a new source of energy from water molecules?

Brilliant Light Power is a company that claims, on their web-site, to have: developed a new commercially competitive, non-polluting, plasma-based primary source of massive power from the conversion ...
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Did Galen Winsor swim in a spent fuel pool of a nuclear power plant?

It is claimed here from minute 50 onwards. Also he claims that he drank 2l of the water and that he ate some uranium.
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Did a 16-year-old high-school girl in Iran produce nuclear energy at her home in 2007?

In 2007, Iran's president claimed that nuclear scientists in the country verified that a 16-year-old girl had produced nuclear energy at home. At the time, this ended up being a point of jokes and ...
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Is Belgium restarting a nuclear reactor that suffered a fire and explosion and contains 16,000 cracks, without safety checks?

Campaigning group Avaaz have launching an alarming petition, signed by 350,000 people at time of writing: Belgium: Stop the next Chernobyl Nuclear experts are scared: Belgium has just ...
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Did U.K. nuclear power plants of the '80s play a continuous sound and indicate emergency by stopping it?

Allan Friswell's comment (scroll down) on this video for "O Superman" for Laurie Anderson contends: The UK nuclear power stations of the 80s had that "ha" sound on continuously 24/7. Apparently it ...
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Has first cancer case been directly confirmed to Fukushima cleanup?

Slashdot reports First Cancer Case Confirmed From Fukushima Cleanup: Following on from reports of elevated levels of child cancer and 1,600 civilians deaths from the evacuation, this is the first ...
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Have 1,822 people died in Fukushima as a result of the nuclear accident?

The news is showing photos of people protesting against the restarting of nuclear power plants in Japan. This photograph is making the rounds: Have 1,822 people really died in Fukushima as a result ...
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Did irradiated Chernobyl firefighters re-volunteer to avoid others being affected?

I don t have any link to the claim right now, but it is heavily repeated where I live. I'll edit to add a link later A commonly repeated story says that the firefighters that were tasked to stop the ...
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Is there a viable design for a thorium car that can run for 100 years without being refueled?

This article and included video from Young Turks claims that Laser Power Systems has produced a "concept for a car" which can run for 100 years on 8 grams of thorium without needing t be refueled. ...
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Did the isolation condensors fail at Fukushima Daiichi? Was human error involved?

The reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan were overflowed by a tsunami following the Tohaku earthquake of 2011. Consequently, a power outage at the station disabled the ...
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Would an EMP in the US Cause all of our active Nuclear Power Plants to melt down and explode?

In an article from the National Journal released and linked to from the Drudge Report today(28MAR2014), Peter Pry, "a former CIA officer and head of a congressional advisory board on national security"...
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Must Japan's population pay for any accident caused by nuclear power plants sold abroad by Japanese companies?

This image is currently trending on social media: source The caption reads: 海外で日本の売った原発が事故を起こした場合、その費用はすべて日本国民の税金から支払う約束になっていりる If a nuclear power plant sold abroad by Japan causes an accident, ...
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Did Ralph Nader say that a pound of plutonium could cause 8 billion cancers?

According to "The Myth of Plutonium Toxicity" by Bernard L. Cohen: Plutonium is constantly referred to by the news media as ``the most toxic substance known to man.'' Ralph Nader has said that a ...
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Is plutonium the most toxic substance known to man?

According to "The Myth of Plutonium Toxicity" by Bernard L. Cohen: Plutonium is constantly referred to by the news media as ``the most toxic substance known to man.'' Ralph Nader has said that a ...
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Was the molten salt reactor (MSR) at Oak Ridge shut down over weekends?

I keep reading about this amazing claim such as quoted here: And as it was described in the article, there the passive "walk away" safety system using the freeze plug. This was routinely used in ...
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Are liquid Thorium reactors safe? [closed]

A reaction with Thorium is a nuclear reaction and Thorium seems to be getting good press as of late. For example, the descriptions given by Kirk Sorensen in his TED talk. Could Thorium reactor ...
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Have people died of cancer from the Fukushima daiichi nuclear accident?

A Japanese person wrote in her diary today that her English tutor told her that a lot of people in Japan have got cancer due to the Fukushima daiichi nuclear accident, and were already dead last year (...
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Has nuclear power generation saved millions of lives from avoided air pollution?

In a recent paper in Environmental Science and Technology, Kharecha and Hansen argue that, by avoiding the airborne pollution that would have resulted from fossil fuel burning, millions of lives have ...
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Could Iran produce a nuclear weapon in under a year if they wanted to?

For over 30 years, politicians from Israel and the US have said that "Iran will have a nuclear weapon in less than a year". [Christian Science Monitor timeline of these warnings] Some more examples: ...
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Is Fukushima reactor No. 4 on the verge of catastrophic failure that will destroy the world?

I was sent an email with a copied/pasted version of this NaturalNews article which contains the following quote (emphasis original): Concerned about the 2012 U.S. presidential election? Worried ...
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“Photodeactivation” of nuclear waste

I don't know enough atomic physics to know whether this is even plausible or not: Brown built a small prototype plant, which bombarded radioactive elements with high energy photon radiation, in ...
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Does living near a nuclear power plant cause cancer?

One man who believes that nuclear energy is bad for nature told me that living near to a nuclear power plant causes cancer. I visited one nuclear power plant and they confirmed the words of our ...
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Is nuclear power economically untenable?

One of the arguments I've seen levied against nuclear power is that it's not economically viable, so isn't a reasonable replacement for coal over wind, co-gen, etc. For example, US nuclear power ...
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Is the Fukushima disaster causing an increase in infant mortality on the west coast of North America?

Here we've got a claim that infant mortality in select US cities on the west coast has increased by 35% since the nuclear meltdown. This claim is based on two data points: 4 weeks ending March 19, ...
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Can thorium end the energy crisis?

It seems that, as of lately thorium is steadily increasing in popularity, as an alternative to traditional nuclear fuels. Here's Mr. Kirk Sorensen in a TED video advocating the use of thorium. Thorium ...
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Is the Rossi Focardi LENR true?

Italian inventor Andrea Rossi claims to have discovered cold fusion. There is a history of dis-proven discoveries in this area. How were they debunked and are the arguments applicable to the new case ...
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Is Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster “on par” with Chernobyl?

Many news organizations (e.g. CNN, Huffington Post, etc) are referring to the Japan incident as something as severe as Chernobyl, i.e. a nuclear event with International Atomic Energy Agency rating "7"...
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Have several hundreds of thousands of people died because of the Chernobyl disaster?

The Wikipedia article on this is littered with [citation needed] and a commenter on hacker news linked to it while stating: Chernobyl cost several hundred thousand lives. Let's hope and pray ...
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Is the net output of CO₂ from Nuclear Energy lower than the net output of other energy sources?

While CO₂ is not produced directly when producing electricity from nuclear power, it is obvious that obtaining the radioactive material and preparing it for its use in a plant inevitably produces some ...
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Is nuclear fusion energy as safe as its proponents claim?

With my limited knowledge of the process of nuclear fusion energy, this seems like one of the most promising methods for producing huge amounts of energy, with relatively very low risk, once ...
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Has public faith in nuclear power decreased significantly after the Fukushima accident?

There seems to be a consensus in the media the the events in Fukushima have significantly decreased the public's approval of nuclear energy. See for example this article by the Telegraph. Is there ...
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Are there fewer accidental deaths at nuclear power plants than others?

I have seen the stats on this website saying that the number of death caused by nuclear accidents was way smaller then those caused by any other energy production factory. Do you have any information, ...
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Do coal plants release more radiation than nuclear power plants?

As a response to the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant I've heard the claim that fossil-fuel power plants using coal release more radiation than a nuclear power plant. I searched for some ...
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Can a “second Chernobyl” happen at the nuclear reactors damaged by the tsunami in Japan?

In the media, you hear predictions that the events in the damaged nuclear power plants could be "the next Chernobyl", but this sounds like hyperbole to me. Are the events at those nuclear reactors ...